TV — GOTHAM — ADAPTATIONS
BY KIM SORENSEN
Written by: Danny Heller
Directed by: Danny Cannon
In Short: Homeless kids are being abducted, and Gordon is going to find them.
DON CARMINE: I never lose sleep over my enemies. It’s my friends that keep me awake.
I am so conflicted about Gotham. I really didn’t like the pilot episode; the second episode was a bit better; but only marginally. The episode crisscrossed so many times between procedural cop drama and comic book show that it almost gave me whiplash. The beginning scene with Gordon (Ben McKenzie), Bullock (Donal Logue) and a third cop was brilliant and came across as realistic, for lack of a better term, but later in the episode there is an over the top scene with Jada Pinkett-Smith that had me shaking my head.
The case of the week was interesting: people masquerading as part of the mayor’s homeless outreach program abduct street kids (the great Lili Taylor and Frank Whaley). Taylor is great as the devilishly sweet kidnapper and murderer, but Whaley is just fodder. On the upside they work for the Dollmaker, so eventually we will get to meet him; and in hindsight the character’s getting quite a lot of screen time lately, since Dollmaker also made an appearance on Arrow last season. The partnership between Bullock and Gordon has amazing chemistry, but the back and forth bickering can grate when it happens almost every scene.
I am sick of Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova). I know this episode was named after her. I know she was going to be a focal point, but come on. She is in the background of almost every scene, and Gotham can really stop. She’s a thirteen-year-old petty thief. There are more important things happening, let’s focus on others please.
Like say, Bruce Wayne (David Mazouz). Bruce is slowly trying to become Batman, by cutting himself, burning himself and other great uses of self-torture. We get to see a softer side of Alfred (I am really digging Sean Pertwee as Alfred), and we see the good man that Bruce can be by donating money to help the homeless kids.
The best parts of the episode belong to Robin Lord Taylor, however, and his sadistic and entertaining portrayal of the man who becomes Penguin. He easily pulls at your heart strings while murdering a douchey college kid. His last line will give you chills.
All in all, I am warming up to Gotham, I just hope they make a few small changes.
— Kim Sorensen
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